Pushed out of the team's plans by an Opening Day injury and poor performance upon his return, Luis Urias is now en route to Boston, where he can help patch the Red Sox's porous infield mix. The Brewers are receiving a pitching prospect in return.
Don't expect anything exciting here, of course. To a large extent, this move is about clarifying the Brewers' position player group and giving them greater 40-man roster flexibility. Urias has earned the right to test himself against big-league pitching again, but the Brewers feel better about their defense-first approach to the middle infield, and Andruw Monasterio has blossomed into a more reliable clone of Urias, with more team control remaining. We'll have to wait and see whether the Red Sox took on all of Urias's modest salary in the exchange, but if so, that would also be a benefit to the Brewers, who appear to have added some salary in the trade earlier today for Andrew Chafin.
UPDATE: Impressively, the Brewers actually a pitcher with some meaningful promise here. Bradley Blalock, 22, is only in High A, but after missing all of 2022 due to a torn ligament and a resulting Tommy John surgery, he's impressed scouts and put up fine numbers this year. He has three pitches that look likely to be average or better, and a changeup that could round out a strong starting pitcher's arsenal. Given that he hasn't reached Double A and has already gone under the knife, there's tons of risk here, but Blalock could be the Brewers' next solid arm on the farm. Urias netted the team a solid prospect, proving that a brutal half-season didn't torpedo his trade value.
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